There has been a resurgence of interest in the tradition of Analytic Philosophy in the Big Questions concerning the existence and nature of God, and--more generally--concerning the rationality of religion and religious practices. This philosophical research has been focused on the development of 'constructive' theories directly about God, God's attributes and the ways in which belief in God can be justified (or not); this work has not necessarily focused on the interpretation of past thinkers that have treated these questions. In the Spanish-speaking parts of South America, though, this style of philosophical work has not yet made a great impact. The main objective of this project is to support a new generation of Latin-American philosophers that can articulate their perspectives in philosophy of religion, and be able to contribute to the general debates in the main journals in the area.
The project includes a funding competition to grant awards between US$10,000 and US$20,000 to researchers or a team of researchers for the development of one-year projects. We expect to finance 9 to 15 research projects. Each one of these projects should lead to the production of at least two papers in the topics of the existence and nature of God. At the mid-term of the execution of the research projects, a workshop for all the winners will be held for scholars to present their work in progress, to receive useful feedback and form a network of research in the area. Funds will be granted for the edition and translation of the papers produced to submit them for publication in an English-language journal of philosophy of religion or philosophical theology.
We expect that at least a third of the papers produced in the different research projects granted will be suitable to submission to a main journal of philosophy of religion--i.e., between 6 and 10 articles.